mmaḥ

Language
Kabyle
Country
Algeria
Area
At Zmenzer
Adult speech
ssuden, sellem; mmaš ("children+adult"), tamaḥatt (n)
English
to kiss
French
embrasser
Part of speech
Verb, Verb (conjugated)
Phonology
Onomatopoeia
Morphology
Can be conjugated (1SG mmaḥeɣ, 2SG temmaḥeḍ, etc.).
Comments
Onomatopoeia. Mmaḥ (BT) can be used by adults in an ironic context. Kabyle (adult) mmaš and tamaḥatt (tamaḥaţţ) ‘a kiss’ (ironic context, derived from BT); usually, verbs are used: ssuden (factitive/causative from udem ‘face’, cf. Tashelhiyt ssudem), sellem ('to greet'). Mmaš is used by elder children or adults ("children and adult speech"). The BT for 'to kiss' in the northwest of Bejaia is bba, and the related (derived from BT?) adult noun is tabbat.
Tags
body, action

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Source

Smaïl Questionnaire Delocalised 2014

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